Bachelor in English, Southern Methodist University, 1978. Master of Arts, Southern Methodist University, 1982.
Public information officer Hockaday School for Girls, Dallas, 1978-1979. French teacher Episcopal School Dallas, 1979-1980. Teaching fellow Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1980-1982, English instructor, 1982-1983.
English lecturer Loyola University, Chicago, 1984-1992. President Communications Resource Group, Evanston, since 1989. Director public relations Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park, since 1994.
Economic development technical transfer consultant and advisor, since 1995. Indiana consultant marketing and economic development. English department writing committee Loyola University, Chicago, 1987-1989.
President Savoy-aires Light Opera Company, 1990-1994. Adjunct professor National Louis University, Evanston, since 1989.
Active Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, since 1993. Chair Lincoln School Parent-Teachers Association Language Board, 1990-1997. 1st lieutenant Civil Air Patrol.
Member Modern Language Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, International Association Business Communicators, National Council Teachers English, Westminster Club, Technology Executives Roundtable (board directors), Young Executives Club Chicago (vice president communications 1992-1994, executive vice president 1994-1995, director 1995-1996, vice president public relations since 1996), Chicago Playwrights Center (board directors), Sigma Tau Delta, Pi Delta Pi.
Married Alan Colin Spaeth, May 27, 1978. Children: Erika Leigh, Daniel Barrett.